Sunday, October 2, 2016

Top 5 Self-Care Ideas For New Moms

Top 5 Self-Care Ideas for Moms

     If you are a mom, chances are you have been there... Where? On the verge of losing your sh*t. The moment where you feel like the entire world is on top of you with no chance of escaping it's grasp. This post is for you. I share my top 5 Self-Care ideas to save you from the verge of becoming a weeping puddle. Trust me, these will come in handy ;) 

  1. Lazy Day (GUILT FREE)  As mothers we tend to take on the weight of the world. This in turn makes us feel guilty when we spend time on things that aren't classified as "productive." Newsflash, taking time out for yourself is productive! In order to take care of others we must first take care of ourselves. So go ahead, lounge in your pajamas all day, let the kids watch TV,  and have cereal for dinner.  You deserve it. You have one of the hardest job in the entire world, it is time you took some time to slow down and smell the proverbial roses.
  2. Drop-In Day Care/Mother's Day Out  Chances are your town has a reputable drop-in day care or Mother's day out program. Some drop-in day cares can cost as little as $6.00/hr. Perform a google search for child care programs in your area, making sure to check reviews from other parents. Once you find a provider you are comfortable with, drop off the kiddos and head on out for some well deserved 'me time.' This can be anything from booking a massage or simply driving over to the local starbucks and savoring a delicously sumptious latte in silence.  
  3. Bubble Bath  If you are lucky enough to have someone in your home watch your kid(s), indulge in a bath. Baths are one of the most effective relaxation techniques.  So go ahead and light some candles, put on a face mask, throw in some bubbles, and pour yourself something bubbly. Cheers!  
  4. Self Care Kit   This is a crutial item. If you have older kids or husbands who swipe your wine or candy I suggest getting an incognito box. A box that will not giveaway its contents. Curious as to what's inside? Here are some of the things in my personal self-care kit: 1) wine, chocolate, petty cash, magazine, book, and headphones. If you have an infant then you will more often than not use the headphones or magazines while you nurse or feed your little one. One of the things that surprised me the most was just how long it took to feed my baby! Sometimes (after I've oggled at the wonder that is my son) I use this time to catch up on netflix, audio books, magazines, etc. The wine and the chocolate are self explanitory ;)                            
  5. Early Morning/Late Night Me Time I feel that this self-care idea has been the most life changing. I have chosen to either wake up early or stay up a little later in order to take advantage of when the house is still. Each day is different but I am always sure to take some time to just enjoy the quiet on my own. This has been so re-energizing. I am able to focus on myself and my wants. I can read whatever I want, watch whatever I want, or just do nothing. Even if it is just 10-20 minutes, this time is mine. The best part, it can be yours too. I challenge you to take 10-20 minutes each day (either early in the morning or late at night) just for yourself. Make it a conscious 10-20 minutes where you are aware that this time is just for you. I promise it will make a difference in how you feel!
    If all else fails, remember you are blessed. Very blessed. Having children is not a privilege everyone receives and you were given that precious gift of life. Your children depend on you. You are their world. Remember, you are not alone. Mothers before you have felt the very same way you feel now and in the end all of your efforts will be worth it. You are one amazing momma. Go on with your bad self ;) 

                                                                                                    Maria Elena 

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